Banana Slugs Fall to Chapman and University of Redlands

Banana Slugs Fall to Chapman and University of Redlands

ORANGE (9-29) - UC Santa Cruz continued their road trip as they traveled to Southern California to take on Chapman University in Orange on Friday and University of Redlands on Saturday. The Panthers won 3-0 over the Banana Slugs on Friday and, on Saturday, the Banana Slugs lost 3-1 to the Bulldogs. 

Friday September 29th- Chapman University

In the first set, the Panthers would score the first two points of the set. The Banana Slugs would respond with a 4-1 spurt, capped by a Panthers' attack error, to take the lead at 4-3. The one point lead was the largest of the set for the Banana Slugs. The Panthers would take the lead for good at 7-6 on an Abby Smith kill. The Banana Slugs would come as close as one, at 13-12, on a Claire Okerlund kill. The Panthers would gain their largest lead of the set at six on three occasions; the sixth occasion at set point on a solo block by Karly Eastley. The Panthers won the first set 25-19 and took a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, the Banana Slugs started the set scoring the first three points. From that point, the Panthers would go on a 5-0 spurt, capped by a Lindsey Johnson kill, to give the Panthers a 5-3 lead. The Banana Slugs would crawl their way back into the set and would take the lead at 14-13 on a Panthers' attack error. After a Panthers' service error gave the Banana Slugs the lead at 15-14, the Panthers would go on a 3-0 spurt, capped by a Banana Slugs' attack error, to take the lead for good at 17-15. The Panthers would take their largest lead of the set at four, at set point, on a Johnson kill. The Panthers won the second set 25-21 and took a 2-0 lead in the set.

As with the third set, the Banana Slugs scored the first three points of the set. The Panthers would then go on a 7-3 spurt, capped by a Lauren Friend kill, to take the lead at 7-6. From that point, the Banana Slugs would go on a 9-4 spurt, capped by a service ace, to take their largest lead of the set, at four, at 15-11. The Panthers would then go on a 7-1 run, capped by a Friend kill, to take the lead at 18-16. The Banana Slugs worked their way back into the set and took the lead at 20-19 on a service ace. The Panthers would then score the next six points and won the third set 25-20 and won the match 3-0. The loss marked the Banana Slugs' third in a row.

For UC Santa Cruz, Jordan Kirchner had five kills and for Chapman, Johnson had a match high nine kills. Krysti Photias had a match high twenty-three assists for UC Santa Cruz and Kaitlyn Raymundo had sixteen for Chapman. Tatum Novitzky led the Banana Slugs with twelve digs and Cheri Raymundo had a match high fifteen digs for the Panthers.

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .041 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the third set at .051 while Chapman had a .252 hitting percentage with the best percentage also coming in the third set at .414. The Panthers had thirteen more fewer errors (25-12) than did the Banana Slugs.

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Saturday September 30th - University of Redlands

In the first set, the Bulldogs would score the first two points of the set. The Bulldogs would take their largest lead of the set at four on four occasions; the fourth occasion at 15-11 on Emily Marty kill. From that point, the Banana Slugs would go on an 8-2 run, capped by a Hailey McDaniel kill, to take the lead for good at 19-17. The Banana Slugs would take their largest lead of the set at four on two occasions; the second occasion at 24-20 on a Kallan Bedard kill. The Banana Slugs won the first set 25-22 and took a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, the two teams would trade points for the first eight serves. The Bulldogs took the lead for good, at 5-4, on a Marlena Ramanis kill. The Bulldogs would take a double digit lead, at 23-13, on a bad set by the Banana Slugs. The Bulldogs would gain their largest lead of the set at twelve, at set point, on a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Bulldogs won the second set 25-13 and tied the match at 1-1.

In the third set, the Bulldogs started the set on a 14-3 run capped by a Sammi Tafoya kill. The Banana Slugs would come as close as eight, at 14-6, on a Jordan Kirchner kill. The Bulldogs would gain their largest lead of the set at seventeen on two occasions; the second occasion at 24-7 on a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Bulldogs won the third set 25-11 and took a 2-1 in the match.

In the fourth set, the Bulldogs would start the set with the first three points. The Banana Slugs would then go on a 4-0 spurt, capped by an Erica Allen kill, to gain the lead at 4-3. The Bulldogs would score the next three points to gain the lead for good. The Bulldogs would take their largest lead of the set at eight on two occasions; the second occasion at match point on a service ace. The Bulldogs won the fourth set 25-17 and won the match 3-1. The losses extended the Banana Slugs losing streak to four.

For UC Santa Cruz, Kallan Bedard had a match high eleven kills and for University of Redlands, Melanie Fyda had nine kills. Krysti Photias had a match high twenty-nine assists for UC Santa Cruz and Emily Marty had nineteen for University of Redlands. Monica Lee led the Banana Slugs with nineteen digs and Abigail Hickman had a match high twenty-two digs for the Bulldogs.

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .062 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the first set at .293 while University of Redlands had a .276 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the third set at .400. The Bulldogs had seventeen more fewer errors (30-13) than did the Banana Slugs.

The next match for the Banana Slugs will be Tuesday as they take on NCAA Division II Fresno Pacific University in Fresno. The match is set to start at 6 pm.